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Community Turns Out to Support Southside Summer Camp

Tallahassee Children
Posted at 6:16 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 14:55:47-04

Tallahassee, Fla. (WTXL)--A local summer camp, specializing in care for at risk youth now at risk of closing its doors, but thanks to local business owners the mission of "The Bridge Project" is being kept alive. 

Linda Provitt owns the summer camp and a 1993 Dodge Durango; that's where she hauls all 30 kids in her back seat. 

"I have a group of kids that haven't been to a library before, a group that hasn't been to a swimming pool," says Provitt. 

That's why she dedicates her time to providing the kids with a full camp experience all while giving out guidance that will help navigate them through life. 

"Most of all my concern is teaching our young kids principles and values..like respecting authority. Because I feel like if we don't begin to teach them at a very young age they will be the next victim of violence,"Provitt passionally exclaims.

But with two dozen children, few volunteers, and a program free of charge to parents; "The Bridge Project" struggles to keep its doors open. 

But that all would change with the help of the owner of Gaines Street Pies. 

"I was at a city comission meeting on an issue..after seeing her speak I talked with her outside. I offered her a pizza party but when I got home..I thought "Man, we could do so much more". 

Jeremy Matlow started a Gofundmepage to help out and the community support has been overwhelming. 

"This is what the program is all about, the love of God, each other and that's what can make a difference in the world", a tearful Provitt says.